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  • Report: UK denies US access to bases for Gulf buildup

    10/25/2012 5:16:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/25/12 | Jeremy Herb
    The British government rejected U.S. requests to use military bases in the United Kingdom as part of a build-up in the Gulf, citing legal concerns that a pre-emptive strike on Iran would violate international law, The Guardian reported. Citing unnamed U.K. officials, the Guardian reported that the United States has made informal requests for access to British bases in Cypress and British territories in the Atlantic and Indian oceans as part of contingency planning for Iran. But British ministers have responded with legal advice from the U.K. attorney generalís office that says Iran does not currently represent ďa clear and...
  • Iraqi Vice President: Iran Supplying Assad Through Ground Convoys

    10/24/2012 4:35:26 PM PDT · by drewh · 7 replies
    Foreign Policy Magazine ^ | Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 3:47 PM | Posted By Josh Rogin
    For several months, the U.S. government has been urging the Iraqi government to stop Iran from supplying arms to the Syrian regime through commercial flights over Iraqi airspace, but a larger amount of supplies is now crossing Iraq via convoys on the ground, Iraq's exiled Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi told The Cable. Hashimi said he has evidence all pointing to a growing and active ground transport route from Iran to Syria. The route crosses through the Zarbatia checkpoint on the Iran-Iraq border, west of the Iranian town of Mehran, flows through the city of Karbala, and crosses over to Syria...

    10/24/2012 10:30:02 AM PDT · by penelopesire · 19 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October24,2012 | Tiffany Gabay
    Is the man the Obama administration appointed on October 4 as key investigator for the terror attacks in Benghazi an Islamist-sympathizer? According to recently published reports, the new chairman of a State Departmentís ďAccountability†Review Board,Ē which is heading the federal investigation into the Benghazi terror attacks, has been accused of being an ďapologist for Islamic terrorism who has a cozy relationship with Iran.Ē Whatís more, the man in question ó former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering ó has documented ties with the controversial group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR, of course, is a documented Muslim Brotherhood affiliate and was...
  • A Kurdish Wedge Between Iraq, Turkey

    10/24/2012 1:33:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    Real Clear World ^ | October 24, 2012 | Joost Hiltermann
    The mood in Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Dohuk - the three largest cities in Iraqi Kurdistan - is newly buoyant these days, and with good reason. Iraq's Kurds, who occupy the semiautonomous region run by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), have much to celebrate. They enjoy relative peace and stability compared with the rest of the country, boast a moderately open society, and, over the past year, have received a whopping vote of confidence in their nascent economy from some of the world's largest oil companies, including ExxonMobil, Chevron, Total and Gazprom, all of which have signed exploration contracts with the...
  • Former CIA chief: Romneyís right on Iran (On Stage, One man was President, the other Presidential)

    10/24/2012 1:48:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/24/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    How well did both candidates frame the biggest threats against the US during the final presidential debate, to the extent that they stuck to the debate topic of foreign policy? Newsmax asked former CIA chief Michael Hayden whether Barack Obama was correct in identifying terrorist networks as our greatest threat, or Mitt Romney pointing to Iran and their pursuit of nuclear weapons. Hayden gives the point to Romney --- and says that Obama has been largely ineffective at stopping the mullah's march to nuclear proliferation: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Former CIA Director Michael Hayden tells Newsmax that Mitt...
  • Iran's Sanction Battle Plan: Halting Oil Exports Altogether

    10/23/2012 3:17:32 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/10/12 | David Lev
    Although the amount of oil Iran is producing and selling on the world market has shrunk substantially in recent months, due to U.S. and EU sanctions, Iran has still been selling oil to countries in the Far East like China Ė and that supply, experts say has been one factor in why the price of oil has not risen even more. And on Tuesday, Iran struck back at Western sanctions against it, saying that if the sanctions continued it would stop producing oil altogether. The sanctions have been the cause of significant economic instability in Iran, according to Western economists....
  • Flubbing Fact Fibbers Flunk Fourth Estate

    10/23/2012 10:11:59 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 23, 2012 | Calvin Woodward
    FACT CHECK: Flunking geography, history ROMNEY: "Syria is Iran's only ally in the Arab world. It's their route to the sea." THE FACTS: Iran has a large southern coastline with access to the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. And it has no land border with Syria.
  • Thinking Iran ó Itís the Regime, Not the Nukes

    10/23/2012 8:27:26 AM PDT · by arthurus
    Right Side News ^ | 23 October 2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    ...the obsession over Iranís nukes is a grave mistake. It implies that if we could come to some understanding about the mullahsí nuclear ambitions, the groundwork would be laid for stable relations. This is delusional. Exportation of their Islamist revolution, hatred of America and, within that sweep, the destruction of Israel have been the operating premises of Khomeinist Iran since 1979. The facilitation of terrorism ó a barbaric way to pursue national interests ó has been the regimeís principal means of operation. The mullahs have killed or aided and abetted in the killing of thousands of Americans, and every day...
  • Breakthrough in world's oldest undeciphered writing

    10/22/2012 8:03:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 53 replies
    BBC News ^ | Monday, October 22, 2012 | Sean Coughlan
    The world's oldest undeciphered writing system, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its 5,000-year-old secrets, could be about to be decoded by Oxford University academics. This international research project is already casting light on a lost bronze age middle eastern society where enslaved workers lived on rations close to the starvation level... Dr Dahl's secret weapon is being able to see this writing more clearly than ever before... a big black dome is clicking away and flashing out light... It's being used to help decode a writing system called proto-Elamite, used between around 3200BC and 2900BC in a...
  • Neville Obama

    10/22/2012 3:17:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 23, 2012 | Mona Charen
    "If you want peace, prepare for war." óAncient Roman wisdomIn 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was determined to keep peace between Great Britain and Germany. Dismayed by the carnage of World War I, Chamberlain (along with most of the opinion elite in England) sought peace with honor ó but in any case, peace. Yes, Chamberlain had watched with growing anxiety as Germany, in defiance of treaties, rearmed, and as the Nazi party engaged in ever more brazen and violent repression of domestic opponents. Germany's alliance with militarist Japan and fascist Spain (1936), followed by the Pact of Steel with...
  • A Baracktober Surprise Courtesy Of Iran?

    10/22/2012 12:13:02 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 10-22-12 | The Looking Spoon
    At first it was, then it wasn't. I think it was a trial balloon of sorts. Whatever it may be, it needs to be discussed and called out preemptively, lest the left confuses/accuses †conservative realism that this is a last ditch election gimmick with cynicism.
  • Latest Iranian claim: Obama White House assured us of our nuclear rights

    10/22/2012 10:35:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/22/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Consider this the bookend to 48 hours of Iranian game-playing before the election. On Saturday, the New York Times reported that the US and Iran had agreed to direct negotiations over the Iranian nuclear program, purportedly fueled by the sanctions that have Iran on the brink of economic collapse. The White House vehemently denied this, and the Times began watering down the reporting almost immediately, but Republicans suspected an October surprise on the foreign-policy front just before the foreign-policy debate tonight and the election in two weeks.If that was an October Surprise for Obama, the mullahs had a less pleasant...
  • Islam Needs At Least Four More Years with President O'Bama.

    10/22/2012 9:17:36 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | Otober 22, 2012 | Dan Miller
    President O'Bama desires peace and Islam is the True Religion of Peace. We need each other and will work together for the final victory, Insha'AllńĀh. Guest post by His Supreme Wonderfulness, Sheik Abdul beel-Zebub. Although nominally an Irish Catholic, Barack Hussein O'Bama has done more than any other President of the United States to promote Islam. He has done so despite rabid conservative opposition based on the types of lies and hatred forbidden by our Great Religion of Peace. Hence I, Sheik Abdul beel-Zebub, in my capacity as The Grand Wizard of Islam, hereby offer our heartiest endorsement. I know...
  • Iranian Regime: Obama Sent Secret Message Recognizing Our Nuclear Rights

    10/22/2012 5:10:35 AM PDT · by Josephat · 77 replies
    Human Events ^ | 10/21/12 | Jim Hoft
    Last week, Reza Kahlili, a former Revolutionary Guard member wrote that Iran had reached a deal with the Obama Administration to preserve portions of its nuclear program. Hossain Ebrahimi told reporters yesterday that Obama sent the regime a secret message. On Saturday, the Iranian regime confirmed this report. The Iranian regime revealed on Saturday that the Obama Administration sent them a secret message through the Swiss Embassy recognizing their nuclear rights. The Swiss government, acting through its Embassy in Tehran, serves as protecting power for U.S. interests in Iran. Fars News reported, via Weasel Zippers: Senior Iranian parliamentary sources revealed...
  • Iranian Regime: Obama Sent Secret Message Recognizing Our Nuclear Rights

    10/22/2012 5:10:29 AM PDT · by Josephat · 6 replies
    Human Events ^ | 10/21/12 | Jim Hoft
    Last week, Reza Kahlili, a former Revolutionary Guard member wrote that Iran had reached a deal with the Obama Administration to preserve portions of its nuclear program. Hossain Ebrahimi told reporters yesterday that Obama sent the regime a secret message. On Saturday, the Iranian regime confirmed this report. The Iranian regime revealed on Saturday that the Obama Administration sent them a secret message through the Swiss Embassy recognizing their nuclear rights. The Swiss government, acting through its Embassy in Tehran, serves as protecting power for U.S. interests in Iran. Fars News reported, via Weasel Zippers: Senior Iranian parliamentary sources revealed...
  • Nobody owning up to US-Iran talks story

    10/21/2012 1:39:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | October 21, 2012 | JAZZ SHAW
    If you’re one of the people who tend to spend their Saturday nights hanging out at Hot Air, (and let’s face it… why wouldn’t you?) you already know that we raised a few questions about a New York Times story claiming that Iran had agreed to some unilateral nuclear talks with the United States. That story in the Paper of Record still doesn’t appear to contain any updates or corrections, but the response from both sides of the world has been the same. Nobody is willing to back up their reporting. First up, Iran. “We don’t have any discussions or...
  • Portman: Iran story looks like ďanother national security leak from the White HouseĒ

    10/21/2012 1:13:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | October 21, 2012 | ERIKA JOHNSON
    It was only a few months back that there was plenty of hearty suspicion going around concerning the White House‚Äôs involvement in a specific string of high-profile national-security leaks to the media, and on MSNBC‚Äôs Meet the Press this morning, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman suggested something of the same vein in regards to yesterday‚Äôs report on possible negotiations between Iran and the United States, via the NJ: Portman, R-Ohio, said that the fact both countries are denying the story makes it look like another inappropriate leak from the administration rather than a diplomatic breakthrough.It looks like ¬ďanother national security leak...
  • Jordan foils Qaeda plot, arrests 11 militants : state TV

    10/21/2012 12:04:34 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan foiled a major plot by an al Qaeda-linked cell to destabilize the key U.S. ally's security by bombing shopping centers and assassinating Western diplomats, state television said on Sunday. Security forces detained 11 suspects in connection with a plot going on since June to carry out attacks in the capital Amman using smuggled weapons and explosives brought from Syria, according to security officials cited by television.

    10/21/2012 11:51:01 AM PDT · by Snuph · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Oct 2012 | Staff
    Tammy Baldwin has come under fire for taking a $60,000 contribution from the Council for Liveable World. In the October 18 debate with Gov. Tommy Thompson, Baldwin went on to deny having any knowledge of the group. The Council is a Pro-Iran operation that opposes sanctions against Iran and supports the current Iranian political regime. The Councilís position on Iran reads:(emphasis added) Unfortunately, United States policy has been to publicly threaten and insult Iran while taking provocative actions such as adopting a policy of regime change, attempting to increase unilateral sanctions, deploying additional military assets in the region, and arresting...
  • Netanyahu: 'I Don't Know of Iran-U.S. Contacts' (video)

    10/21/2012 11:54:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/21/12 | Arutz 7
    Video of the Prime Minister's comments at link.
  • New poll: Egyptians heart Iran and want nukes

    10/21/2012 8:03:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/21/2012 | Rick Moran
    Because there's nothing like another Islamist country who craves nuclear weapons: ****** The poll of 812 Egyptians, half of them women, was conducted in a series of in-person interviews by the firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and sponsored by the Israel Project, a pro-Israel advocacy organization with offices in Washington and Jerusalem. According to the poll, Iran is viewed favorably in Egypt, with 65 percent of those surveyed expressing support of the decision to renew Egypt-Iran relations and 61 percent expressing support of the Iranian nuclear project, versus 41 percent in August 2009. Sixty-two percent of those polled agreed that "Iran...
  • New York Times quietly edits story on Iran nuclear negotiations after White House denial

    10/21/2012 7:40:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 21, 2012 | Gregg Re
    The White House scrambled late Saturday to deny a New York Times report claiming Iran has agreed to meet directly with U.S. officials to discuss its nuclear program, sending New York Times editors rushing to quietly but substantially revise their initial reporting on a key foreign policy issue for the second time in as many months. According to the Times, which anonymously quoted senior administration officials, Iran told diplomats it wanted to wait until after the November presidential election to put plans for the meeting in motion. (VIEW THE ORIGINAL NYT STORY)ďIt has the potential to help Mr. Obama make...
  • Iran denies report of plans for nuclear talks with U.S.

    10/21/2012 6:04:09 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 4 replies
    reuters ^ | 10/21/2012 | staff
    Iran denied on Sunday a report in a U.S. newspaper that it had plans for direct talks with the United States over its disputed nuclear program. The New York Times reported, citing Obama administration officials, that the United States and Iran had agreed in principle to one-on-one negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, though the White House quickly denied the report.
  • Israeli vice PM welcomes prospect of U.S.-Iran talks

    10/21/2012 3:46:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/21/12 | Ori Lewis
    Israel's vice prime minister said on Sunday he would welcome direct talks between the United States and Iran if they were aimed at halting what Israel sees as plans by the Islamic Republic to build a nuclear weapon. But Moshe Yaalon also said that he believed a denial by the White House of a New York Times report that Washington and Tehran had agreed in principle to hold bilateral negotiations. Israel has said it could use military force to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power, and it has had differences with Washington over when Tehran would actually cross the...
  • The October Surprise (Talks with Iran)

    10/21/2012 3:37:10 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 34 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 20 October 2012 | Michael Ledeen
    The New York Times reports (and the White House denies) that ďThe United States and Iran have agreed for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iranís nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a military strike on Iran.Ē Two of the three assertions in that lead paragraph are demonstrably false. One-on-one negotiations have been going on for years (most recently, according to my friend ďReza Kahlili,Ē in Doha, where, he was told, Valerie Jarrett and other American officials recently traveled for the latest talks). The only...
  • Hizbullah Rockets, Meant for Jews, Now Killing Syrians

    10/20/2012 3:44:12 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 57 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/10/12 | Gil Ronen
    Hizbullah's rockets were meant to be used against Israel. Instead, it appears they are now being fired at Arabs. Syrian opposition forces say Hizbullah has been firing hundreds of rockets into Syria on a daily basis, and is a full participant in the Syrian civil war. Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, Syrian opposition Local Coordination Committee-member, Mohamed al-Homsi, accused Hizbullah of ďintervening in the fighting alongside the Syrian regime with all of its power,Ē adding ďHizbullah is firing its rockets Ė the same rockets that it claims are to fight Israel Ė into Syrian territory to kill Syrian people.Ē Al-Homsi, who...
  • Iran to negotiate with US?

    10/20/2012 7:04:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/20/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    Before we get to the inevitable, let's just get the major news out of the way, shall we? (Though I'll simply mention that the link in question comes from the New York Times.) The United States and Iran have agreed for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a military strike on Iran. Iranian officials have insisted that the talks wait until after the presidential election, a senior administration official said, telling their American counterparts that they want to...
  • U.S. says no plans for one-on-one meeting with Iran on nuclear issue

    10/20/2012 5:35:42 PM PDT · by tapatio · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/20/2012
    The White House on Saturday denied a report in the New York Times that said the Obama administration had agreed to one-on-one talks with Iran on its nuclear program.
  • Dick Morris predicts an Obama-Iran 'October surprise'

    10/20/2012 5:00:54 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 66 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/20/12 | David Eldridge
    Political guru Dick Morris predicted Saturday that the White House will announce an "October surprise" ó a deal with Iran over nuclear inspections before the Nov. 6 election. Citing an Internet report on WorldNetDaily, a conservative website, Mr. Morris said a deal between the White House and the Iranian regime is in the works to ease sanctions on Iran in return for concessions on the Iranian nuclear program. Such an agreement, announced before the election, would represent a big foreign policy victory for the president, who has been under pressure from Israel to take a more robust stand against Iran's...
  • White House denies agreement on U.S., Iran nuclear talks (Confusion Reigns)

    10/20/2012 4:48:39 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/20/2012 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    The Obama administration is denying a report that the United States and Iran have agreed to one-on-one talks that could be a last-chance opportunity to avoid war over Iran's nuclear program. Citing senior administration officials, The New York Times reported Sunday that Iranian officials have agreed to negotiations, but not until after the presidential election, so that they know whether they're negotiating with President Obama or Mitt Romney. But National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor pushed back against the Times's story. "Itís not true that the United States and Iran have agreed to one-on-one talks or any meeting after the...
  • Report: US, Iran to hold one-on-one talks about Tehran's nuclear program

    10/20/2012 4:29:48 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 49 replies
    Fox News.Com ^ | October 20, 2012 | Staff Fox News, Breaking News
    Report: US, Iran to hold one-on-one talks about Tehran's nuclear program The United States and Iran have reportedly agreed to one-on-one negotiations over Tehranís nuclear program. The talks -- reported first by The New York Times and based on discussions with Obama administration officials -- come as Iran is believed to be building a nuclear weapon and as a result is under heavy economic sanctions. Israel is warned that Iran is close to achieving nuclear capability and has pushed for the United State vow to take military action if needed. State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said Saturday night she has...
  • U.S. Officials Say Iran Has Agreed to Nuclear Talks

    10/20/2012 2:56:32 PM PDT · by VanShuyten · 52 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/20/2012 | By HELENE COOPER and MARK LANDLER
    WASHINGTON ó The United States and Iran have agreed for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iranís nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a military strike on Iran.
  • Sunni leader calls Russia ĎEnemy Number Oneí

    10/20/2012 8:41:18 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 34 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | Oct 18, 2012 | Avigdor Eskin
    ďBrothers, Moscow has become the enemy of Islam and of Muslims these days. It has become the number one enemy of Islam and MuslimsĒ. Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradawi is the Sunniís most respected theological authority. He is also the sole spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the rest of the world. Also a spiritual leader of the Hamas movement, he encouraged suicide bombings. Amit Assa, a former Colonel in the Israeli Security Service (Shabak) told the Voice of Russia: ďSuch declarations of animosity will be understood by Al-Qaeda, Muslim brothers and other radical organizations as a theological permit...
  • Israeli money flowing into Iran

    10/17/2012 11:48:11 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 2 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 11 Oct 2012 | anon
    While the West is crippling Iran with sanctions, it appears that in Israel Ė of all places Ė some people are still doing business with the Islamic Republic. Iranian marble limestone is known for its high quality all over the world. In Israel, it can be found in dozens of stores and chains. A store in south Tel Aviv presented Yedioth Ahronoth's reporter with a large surface of Iranian marble tiles. A number of suppliers we called were more than happy to tell us about the merchandise. No one attempted to conceal the origin of the stone Ė on the...
  • Biden: ĎHow Many of You Know Someone who Served in Iraq or Iran?í

    10/19/2012 4:14:46 AM PDT · by MuttTheHoople
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 18, 2012 3:55 pm | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Vice President Joe Biden asked supporters Thursday at a Nevada campaign event, ďHow many of you know someone who served in Iraq or Iran?Ē Biden was joined at the event by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and embattled Senate candidate Rep. Shelley Berkley. At Bidenís question, Reid raised his hand.
  • Obama Cuts Deal With Iran Over Nukes

    10/18/2012 7:11:12 PM PDT · by Sharkfish · 75 replies ^ | October 18, 2012 | Reza Kahlili
    Iranian and U.S. negotiators have reached an agreement that calls for Iran to halt part of its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of many of the U.S. sanctions against the Islamic regime, according to a highly placed source. Iranís supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, expects a letter from President Obama in a few days guaranteeing the details of the agreement, arrived at recently during secret negotiations in Doha, Qatar. The source, who remains anonymous for security reasons and is highly placed in Iranís regime, said that once Khamenei receives Obamaís guarantees, he will authorize an announcement by Iran...
  • Iran taunts America: How long can debt-laden US remain world power?

    10/18/2012 3:04:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/18/2012
    Ahmadinejad says US influence in world affairs waning due to massive debt and loss of legitimacy, adds West increasingly questioning legitimacy of "Zionist regime," hints EU hurt more by sanctions than Iran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicted the impending downfall of the "US empire," blaming the collapse on a combination of the country's massive debt and its loss of legitimacy within the international community, Iran's official news agency IRNA reported Thursday. ďHow long can a government with a $16 trillion foreign debt remain a world power?Ē he asked at a press conference with Kuwaiti media personnel. "The Americans have injected...
  • Iran Launches Submarine and Destroyer into Gulf During US Naval Exercises

    10/18/2012 10:13:26 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 12 replies ^ | 10/18/2012 | Charles Kennedy
    This week the US, UK, France, and a few Middle Eastern countries are conducting naval exercises in the Gulf of Persia to practice clearing mines that Iran, or other groups may place around the Straits of Hormuz in an attempt to disrupt the movement of oil tankers in the region. Mohammed Ali Jafari, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, said that the ďexercise is a defensive exercise and we don't perceive any threats from it. We are not conducting exercises in response.Ē Yet this is not the impression that is given. Just yesterday, according to the official IRNA...
  • $10 Per Gallon Gas (or more) Next Spring.

    10/18/2012 6:44:01 AM PDT · by Any Fate But Submission · 15 replies
    Self | October 18, 2012 | Tom S.
    Israel must stop Iran from having nukes. Israel has a very very small land mass. It is only 85 miles wide and 290 miles long. It cannot take much of a hit before it collapses. It was decided years ago that the risks of attacking Iran were far less than the risks of trying to survive a nuclear detonation in Tel Aviv. After the Israeli elections in January, Netanyahu will act, with or without the US. The retaliation will be severe. Israel, to preserve its existence, will probably use tactical nuclear bombs. The entire middle east will explode in war...
  • Iran says it will cut imports of non-essential goods

    10/17/2012 11:59:58 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 2 replies
    West Australian ^ | 14 Oct 2012 | anon
    Iran said it would seek to cut imports of non-essential goods and urged its citizens to reduce their use of foreign-made mobile telephones and cars, as the country struggles to cope with Western economic sanctions. The policies suggest the government is moving the economy onto an austerity footing to resist the sanctions, which have been imposed over Iran's controversial nuclear programme and have slashed its income from oil exports this year. ...
  • U.S. exports to Iran rise nearly one-third despite sanctions

    10/17/2012 11:34:17 PM PDT · by BlackVeil
    Al-Arabia ^ | 15 Oct 2012 | anon
    U.S. exports to Iran rose by nearly a third this year, chiefly because of grain sales, according to U.S. data released last week, despite the tightening of U.S. financial sanctions. The jump to $199.5 million in the first eight months of 2012 from $150.8 million a year earlier, according to Census Bureau data, is surprising given Western efforts to isolate Iran economically because of its suspected pursuit of nuclear arms. The increase masks a drop in the export of some humanitarian goods such as medicines, a decline U.S. exporters blame largely on the difficulty of getting paid by Iranian importers...
  • Corpus Christi man pleads guilty in plot to kill Saudi ambassador

    10/17/2012 3:16:36 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    Caller-Times ^ | October 17, 2012 | Staff
    NEW YORK ó A Corpus Christi man pleaded guilty Wednesday to plotting to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, agreeing to hire what he thought was a drug dealer in Mexico last year for $1.5 million to carry out the attack with explosives at a Washington restaurant. Manssor Arbabsiar, 58, entered the plea to two conspiracy charges and a murder-for-hire count in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, where Judge John F. Keenan repeatedly asked Arbabsiar whether he intended to kill the ambassador. Arbabsiar, a U.S. citizen who holds an Iranian passport, said he did. Sentencing was set for...
  • All of Iranís advanced enrichment centrifuges now removed to Fordo

    10/16/2012 1:36:43 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Debka ^ | 10/16/12
    As US president Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney prepared for their duel on foreign policy in Long Island, Tuesday night Oct. 16, Iran moved was on the move to present them with an accomplished fact: Its nuclear program's high-speed uranium enrichment plant has now been entirely sequestered in the fortified underground Fordo site near Qom, debkafileís intelligence sources report. On Iran, the differences between President Obama and Mitt Romney are significantly nuanced: Obama pledges not to let Iran acquire a nuclear weapon, i.e., build a bomb, whereas Romney promises to prevent Iran acquiring a nuclear capability, i.e.,...
  • Codename 'Murky Water': Iran's Secret Plan to Contaminate the Strait of Hormuz

    10/15/2012 7:13:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 10/15/2012 | Erich Follath (Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan)
    Iran could be planning to create a vast oil spill in the Strait of Hormuz, according to a top secret report obtained by Western intelligence officials. The aim of the operation is to both temporarily block the vital shipping channel and to force a suspension of Western sanctions. Ö The goal of the plan seems to be that of contaminating the strait so as to temporarily close the important shipping route for international oil tankers, thereby "punishing" the Arab countries that are hostile to Iran and forcing the West to join Iran in a large-scale cleanup operationóone that might require...
  • To the Wavering Voter: Mitt Romney won't make war on women, the Middle East or the middle class

    10/15/2012 4:48:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 15, 2012 | Bret Stephens, deputy editorial page editor
    Dear Wavering Voter: No, abortion rights and access to contraception will not be jeopardized if Mitt Romney becomes president. Not remotely, not vaguely, not even close. No woman in America, including Sandra Fluke, will have war made upon her by a President Romney. Maybe you think the job of a president is to be our DJ-in-Chief and set the mood music for the country. In that case, the slow-jam Obama administration has everything to recommend it, while a Romney presidency may get on your nerves like a hokey country song. But it won't get in your way. How am I...
  • Does This Explain Something? UPDATE: What a Cover-Up Looks Like (Florida and Ohio news)

    10/15/2012 2:06:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | October 15, 2012 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Why is Obama still leading Mitt Romney in Ohio, but trailing in Florida? This puzzle might be explained by the early blitz of attack ads the Obama campaign laid down against Romney in Ohio back in May and June, which created a sort of ďopinion deficitĒ that Romney has had to try to make up during the past four months. Yet Obama also hit Mitt early in Florida, and Romney has bounced back pretty strong there in the past two weeks. Is it Libya? And is it possible that the deadly Bungle in Benghazi has raised concerns about the administrationís...
  • Iran: New Long-Range Drone Can Carry a Bomb

    10/15/2012 5:08:39 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/10/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Iranís Air Defense Base Commander has announced it has built an new unmanned long-range drone (UAV) that can carry a bomb. Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili broke the news one week after Iranian-financed Hizbullah launched a drone that entered Israeli air space before it was blown up by a missile from an F-16 jet. Esmaili did not state whether the new drone, dubbed Hazem, can reach Israel. He ďnoted that the drone will be used in targeting and identification operations, and for carrying cargo whenever needed,Ē the governmentís semi-official Fars News Agency reported. The Iranian commander added that Hazem is not...
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    10/15/2012 4:04:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | October 15, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    During last week's vice presidential debate, the candidates clashed over whose team would be better able to impose "crippling" sanctions on Iran. The problem of sanctions is an old one. President Jefferson tried to impose a trade embargo on Britain in 1807 to stop the Royal Navy from seizing our sailors on the high seas. This Embargo was an attempt to use peaceful coercion to bring about a change in policy by the British. It failed. It was Jefferson's greatest failure as president. We have a Bicentennial Walking Tour of the War of 1812 at the U.S. Naval Academy. I'd...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Iran Launching Massive Arrests Of Evangelicals

    10/14/2012 8:51:31 PM PDT · by Milagros · 31 replies
    BosNewsLife ^ | Saturday, October 13, 2012 (9:15 pm) | S.J. Bos
    There is mounting concern about reported massive arrests of Christians in Iran. Massive arrests of evangelical Protestant Christians, including many former Muslims, are reported in Iran, with men and women being dragged to prisons across the Islamic nation. "We have learned that at least 100, but perhaps as many as 400 people, have been detained over the last 10 days," ... Speaking from an undisclosed location, he told BosNewsLife late Saturday, October 13, that forces of the feared intelligence service, who he called "Iran's Gestapo", broke up worship services in Esfehan, Shiraz and Tehran areas. "They are of several movements....
  • Holocaust fears haunt Israelis as they prepare for possible war with Iran

    10/14/2012 4:53:40 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8:00AM BST 14 Oct 2012 | Nick Meo
    If Israeli jets are given the order to bomb Iran's nuclear programme, thousands of rockets could be fired in revenge. Nick Meo meets people fearful of the consequences of an airstrike - and terrified of the possible alternative. The last time Hezbollah attacked Israel, a rocket exploded next to Adam Bloom's house while his wife was in the shower. "She was hysterical," he said. Afterwards it took hours to coax her and their two terrified young daughters out of the bomb shelter where they fled. "Hezbollah had about 10,000 rockets then but they are supposed to have more like...